Safety Advisory Notice warns of cracking in Yak-52 aluminium elevator bellcranks - Safety Advisory Notice
The ATSB has released a Safety Advisory Notice to Yakovlev Yak-52 aircraft owners and maintainers highlighting the potential for fatigue cracking in Yak-52 aluminium alloy elevator bellcranks.
Engine power loss involving Piper Aircraft Inc. PA-36, VH-TVU, near Latrobe Valley Airport, Victoria, on 12 August 2019 - final report
A Piper PA-36 aerial application aircraft forced landed in a paddock shortly after take-off after experiencing an engine power loss that was probably the result of water-contaminated fuel, an ATSB investigation has found.
Derailment of loaded Pacific National coal service TM94, near Moss Vale, New South Wales, on 28 June 2019 - final report
Rolling stock operators and maintainers should ensure that axle maintenance and inspection procedures include non-destructive testing of known defect areas as part of the regular maintenance program.
Near miss with maintenance worker on Skitube Alpine Railway, Bullocks Flat, New South Wales, on 3 July 2019 - final report
A maintenance electrician was inadvertently briefly beneath a moving train wagon during a shunting operation at the Skitube Alpine Railway’s Bullocks Flat Terminal, a new ATSB investigation report details.
Near collision between Piper PA-28, VH-XDI and ATR72, VH-FVR, Albury Airport, New South Wales, on 19 October 2019 - final report
A near collision where a Piper PA-28 training aircraft turned in front of an ATR72 regional airliner, reducing separation between the two aircraft to about 110 metres horizontally and 75 feet vertically, illustrates the dangers of making assumptions and having incomplete situational awareness.
Visual flight rules pilots pressing on into instrument meteorological conditions without a current instrument rating carries a significant risk of spatial disorientation due to powerful and misleading orientation sensations with reduced visual cues.
» Disorientation can affect any pilot, no matter what their level of experience.
» Avoid deteriorating weather by conducting thorough pre-flight planning.
» Use a ‘personal minimums’ checklist to help control and manage risk.
» If you become disoriented or lost in marginal weather, seek whatever help is available, including support from air traffic control.